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Turkey Blasts UK Magazine over Report

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TEHRAN, June 6 (ICANA) – Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced a British magazine's report on Turkey's forthcoming general elections as a plot to overthrow the Turkish government.
Monday, June 06, 2011 9:36:42 PM
Turkey Blasts UK Magazine over Report

An editorial column "One for the opposition" published on June 2 in the latest edition of The Economist has set off quite a controversy in Turkey after the magazine called on Turkish voters to cast their ballots for the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) instead of Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the elections set for June.

Erdogan said during a speech at a TV program broadcasted late Saturday that such calls made by international press organs made him think that these institutions might be in cooperation with certain national circles," Xinhua news agency reported.

"Several international press organs, which get support from Israel, are unhappy with AKP's administration and are searching ways to ruin this ruling," added the Turkish prime minister, who denounced the controversial report as "extremely inappropriate."

"The AK party is all but certain to form the next government. But we would recommend that Turks vote for the CHP," The Economist wrote.

"A stronger showing by [Kemal] Kilicdaroglu's [CHP] party would both reduce the risks of unilateral changes that would make the constitution worse and give the opposition a fair chance of winning a future election," according to the report.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also described the article as "running counter to all kinds of international press ethics."

Meanwhile, CHP Manisa Deputy Sahin Mengu lashed out at the British magazines' report, emphasizing that it was not the UK magazine's job to tell Turks who to vote for.

According to a recent poll by the Polmark Survey Company, the AKP has the backing of around 47.7 percent of Turkish voters, while the support rate for the CHP has been estimated at 25.2 percent, up from its vote of 20.9 percent in 2007 elections.

Turkey is scheduled to hold the general elections on June 12 with 50 million eligible voters voting for 15 political parties running for 550 seats in the parliament.

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